A herald angel is an angel who serves as a messenger, usually between Heaven and Earth. The word “herald” comes from the Old French word héraut (modern French: héraut), which means “attendant” or “usher”.
The concept of herald angels is found in the Bible, where they are described as God’s messengers.
In the Book of Revelation, four angels are named as the four living creatures that surround God’s throne: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel (Revelation 4:6-10). They are sometimes referred to as archangels.
In many cultures, deities have been believed to use heralds to send messages to their followers or people in general. In Greek mythology, Hermes was a messenger for the gods and also heralded important events on Earth. In Norse mythology, Heimdallr also served as a herald for Odin by guarding Bifröst Bridge. In Chinese mythology, two mythological creatures known as fenghuang were thought to be heavenly messengers of good fortune.
Last modified: August 17, 2022